Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Week 321 Menu

Hi guys!  Well, I didn't post my menu for three weeks.  I kept meaning to, but didn't make it to the computer.  Oops.  We had lots of quick easy meals before or after or during baseball games.

Since I went to the doctor for a checkup last week and resolved to eat more heart-healthily,  I have been making small changes, like no processed foods, like granola bars when I'm hungry.  I haven't eaten any bread at all, unless my favorite corn/flour tortillas count? I've been finding that preparation is key, otherwise I stare at the fridge at lunch time and have no idea what I'm going to eat.

Packed this for my daughter and hubby's lunches this morning.
Anyway...I tried a new recipe last night and my family loved it.  Grilled Greek chicken cabobs (recipe link below) and grilled flatbread from Costco with tsatziki sauce.  Not really low in cholesterol, but it was super yummy and all things in moderation, right?

Here's my plan for the week:

Monday:  we had broiled parmesan tilapia (not super heart healthy, but hey, it's fish and I didn't use butter!).  My family ate simple orzo pilaf and I had spaghetti squash

Tuesday:  Greek grilled chicken kabobs, tzatziki sauce and flatbread

Wednesday:  pulled pork with coleslaw on pretzel buns  (I'll stick with half a bun.)

Thursday:  grilled Asian marinated chicken and salad

Friday:  salmon and roasted baby potatoes

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday: hmmm...gotta talk to the family about this one.

What about you?  What are you planning for dinner this week?  Or tonight at least.  :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Heathier Eating: 2 Days In and a Grocery Shopping Sneak Peek

Hi guys!  Thanks so much for your sweet comments and messages of support on Tuesday as I tackle this challenge of lowering my cholesterol and changing the way I think about food.  (Food is to nourish my body, not comfort.)

I sometimes struggle with what to share when I blog.  I wonder if I'm sharing too much.  But then I think that if I am real and share how things are, maybe it'll help someone else?  I know I'm not the only one out there that stress eats and could benefit from some healthier eating habits.  Unfortunately it took me to go to a doctor and see actual numbers to make me decide to change.

I wanted to give you a little update of how the last two days have gone.  It was great!  I survived!   Mind over stomach, right?  I've been trying to drink more water and that has helped me not feel like snacking.

I went to the grocery store and came home with tons of yummy, heart healthy food that I am excited to eat!  I actually do love healthy, fresh food, sometimes I was just too lazy to get it out, cut it up, etc.  It was easier to just grab a fresh baked cookie (my downfall!) or a handful of goldfish or pretzels with the kids.  Or mindlessly munch on something crunchy (like chips) while checking out social media on my phone when I finally have a few minutes of quiet time.

Here's some of the healthy stuff that I came home with from Winco...


  • Kiwi.  Yum!  
  • Apples (have you tried ambrosia apples?  My kids love them.).  I love small gala apples too.
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries (my new favorite fruit...I never ate them growing up but now I love them.)
  • Lemons (to make lemon bars with on Sunday...all things in moderation!)

Bulk foods:  I am so glad I get to shop in WINCO'S bulk section.  It is AMAZING!  I'm sad that I've lived most of my life without it.

  • Brown basmati rice.  (Cooked some last night for dinner, but I didn't really love it.)
  • Quinoa.
  • Raw Almonds (I LOVE nuts, but am working on not eating too many at a time)
  • Agave (had been hearing about it, but never tried it.  I researched it when I get home and found that it's not so good.  I better start using honey instead.)
  • Fresh peanut butter.  Winco has a peanut butter machine.  It's awesome!  I love peanut butter and have been known to eat Skippy Natural with Honey by the spoonful.  Not good for the thigh area...I'm switching to natural pb.  I stirred in a tiny bit of agave to sweeten it and a little bit of salt.  Yummy!
Since I love peanut butter so much, I love to eat it smeared on celery.  Yum!  So much better than on bread.  

I also bought some "hearty healthy" butter substitute.  Not sure how I feel about it.  My parents have faithfully been eating smart balance for years.

And last but not least...Veggies:

  • Baby kale, spinach, chard mix.  To make lunch salads.
  • Cherry tomatoes.  Snacking!
  • Celery.  For my peanut butter.
  • Tomatoes.  Yummy topping on anything.
  • Brussell Sprouts.  I hate the way my house smells when I cook them inside.  So I poke some holes in a disposable aluminum pan, toss the brussell sprouts in olive oil and salt and pepper and grill them on my grill outside.
  • Spaghetti squash.  I LOVE it with a little spaghetti sauce and parm cheese.
  • Romaine lettuce.  For my spinach-hating family.
  • Avocados.  For EVERYTING!  I love them.  I eat them plain with salt and pepper.  I eat them on salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, breakfast burritos, etc.  

If you want to follow me (and give me virtual encouragement) I'll be posting more on my Instagram account with occasional updates here on the blog.  Let me know if there is something you want to hear about.  Like what I'm eating for lunch, etc.  :)  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May is Crazy and Some Big Changes for Me!!!

Hi guys!  Does anyone else agree that May is totally crazy?  The last few weeks have been jam-packed (kind of like normal), but my normal computer time hasn't been spent blogging (obviously since I didn't post my last two weeks of menus and I've missed hardly any weeks since I started this blog in 2008).

Anyway...Here are a few things that have been occupying my time.

1.  These kids...I love them!  They are super, super busy, but I'm so blessed to be their mom!  I loved mother's day and their homemade cards and gifts and extra effort to be sweet.   

I know I'm not the only baseball mom out there.  :)  We have baseball practices and/or games almost five days a week.  I'm learning to love the game a lot more and my boys are enjoying it!  It's been a good experience for our soccer-playing-family.  Dinnertime and getting homework done has been a bit of a challenge lately.  Not much time to do anything else other than go to baseball.  

3.  My 9 year old got glasses and soft contacts a few weeks ago.  It's been a team effort to get his contacts in and I'm getting a lot faster at it!  

4.    Our ward boundaries were split a few weeks ago and we got to move into a brand new, beautiful church building.  With this change came a change for me and a new calling (church job).   I get to work with the kids in the primary program.  This has involved lots of phone calls, texts, emails, and meetings to get all the different positions filled and things figured out.  It's been a little crazy, but super fun.  I love being with the kids as they are learning more about our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I'm so blessed! 

5.  This is the biggest thing for me....a huge lifestyle change for sure!!!
I went to a fabulous new doctor yesterday for a yearly well check.  And I got some bad news for me...I have high cholesterol.  Holy cow!  That sounds    I have some horrible habits, most of which involve food.  I am definitely a stress snacker and I don't always snack on great things...chips, etc.  Gone are the days of eating as many cookies as I want with little effect on my body.  

The doctor agreed with me that I need to change my diet and hopefully I won't have to take cholesterol-lowering medication.  I have a family history of high-cholesterol, but I know that my eating habits are a huge part.

So, starting now, I am taking control of my diet.  I am thinking of food, not as comfort, but as a means to feed my body and make my heart healthy.

The doctor was listing off the things that should be eaten in moderation or that have high cholesterol and I just wondered, "what on earth will my family eat?"  We're a definitely a meat eating family (esp. beef thanks to my dad and his grass fed beef in my freezer).  We love dairy products, and lots of bread and cookies, etc.  I love to bake, but I think I need to have a new hobby.  :)  My kids love all things white...white bread, rice, etc.  Hopefully they don't starve or complain too much.

Menu planning is going to be interesting this week.  I think I'm up for the challenge.  Wish me luck!  I'm excited to go to the store and load up on lots of my fav fruits and veggies.  

I'd love to hear any of your favorite heart-healthy snacks or lunches or meals.  And, have any of you tried the new Our Best Bites flavored olive oils?  I'm tempted to get some to make some yummy salads for lunches.  

Have a fabulous day!  
P.S.  Don't forget to follow me on my Instagram feed just for my blog.  It's only a few weeks old, but it's fun having a Instagram account just for food, favorite things, etc.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 319 and 320 Menu: Looking back and planning ahead

Hi guys!  Wow, last week was a full one.  I had my menu all planned but never actually made it to the computer to post it.  Last week was full with lots of baseball games and practices, scouts, school stuff, grocery shopping, laundry, piano recital, time with friends, etc., etc., etc.

When I have crazy days planned out, I kind of crave my alone time that I have before the kids get up and the fun starts.  I usually exercise while my family is still asleep.  I've been running pretty regularly in the mornings and love that the weather is pretty warm and the sun is up early.  Last week I got up super, super early and went to an early morning session at the temple.  It was a beautiful way to start the day, with time to reflect on the things that are really important in my life.

This week I have a few goals:
1.  Try to not be late.  This means I need to get the kids shoes on way in advance.  :)
2.  Instead of checking blogs, facebook and instagram,  make time to study the scripture and talks from the recent General Conference while I eat.
3.  Make dinner every night, so we're not scrambling around to find something at 7 pm after practices and games.
4.  Have the pantry and fridge stocked with lots and lots of healthy snacks and buy enough so I don't have to go grocery shopping three times this week.
5.  Keep on top of the laundry and have everything actually folded and put away.
6.  Make a cleaning chart that I can check off during the week, so I can make sure that I clean everything.  It's been an adjustment living in a house that is over twice the size of my last house.  It takes way longer to clean and it's been hard to fit cleaning in with our other busyness.

Actually I could keep going and going and going on my list of goals.  That's one thing that I struggle many things to do better and be better at, at not enough hours in the day.'s my menu from last week:

Monday:  we had honey lime enchiladas, fresh salsa and black beans

Tuesday:  I don't think I made dinner...lots of scrambling to find something to eat. Made banana bread for snack for my scout boys.

Wednesday;  had friends from NM over for dinner.  Grilled burgers (teriyaki and regular), grilled corn salsa (found fresh corn at Winco, super yummy!), spinach salad, coconut oil brownie bites for dessert (YUM!!!)

Thursday: leftovers

Friday; grilled marinated 7up chicken, hashbrowns, fruit and veggies

Saturday:  tinfoil dinners

Sunday:  my son helped me make waikiki meatballs, steamed rice and broccoli for dinner (requirement for scouts to make dinner, set the table and do the dishes, NICE!) and my daughter made brownie pudding for dessert

Alrighty...time for this week.  I haven't told you how happy I am to have my grill back in comission.  We took our propane tanks to my brother-in-laws house in November and left them there with our truck during our move.  We drove the truck back here during spring break and I'm stocked up with propane now and have loved grilling again.  My family's favorite recipes are mostly things that are grilled

Monday:  chicken fajitas (grilled of course)

Tuesday: spaghetti (on spaghetti squash for me, I LOVE it!)

Wednesday: make pepperoni bread and prep lots of snacking veggies and fruit to take to dinnertime baseball game

Thursday: creamy chicken and wild rice soup, easy favorite whole wheat bread

Friday:  grilled salmon, rice pilaf, salad

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday:  beef and broccoli

Wow, feels good to have that all planned out!  Hopefully I will find some time to share a few recipes with you this week.  I have some yummy things to share!

What about you?  Do you have goals for this week?  What are you making for dinner?  Or if you're like me, what did you have for dinner last week?

Have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Week 318 Menu and something new

Hi everyone!  Friday is not too late to post a weekly menu, right?  It was a great memory exercise to see if I remember what we actually ate this week.  It's been a busy one!

Monday: we had taco soup

Tuesday: we had turkey meatball sandwiches (from stuff I had stashed in the freezer, so yummy!  My daughter's favorite!)

Wednesday: fried potatoes, peppers and chicken sausage

Thursday:  ham, cheesy potatoes, one hour rolls

Friday:  pizza, giant green salad, creme filled cupcakes

Saturday: easy night

Sunday: grill steak, whole wheat cous cous, salad

Yesterday we had lots of yummy food that my daughter requested for her birthday.  Crepes for breakfast!  I made cinnamon rolls and took them to the school to share with her class.  The kids commented that they thought they were storebought because they were so good.  :)  (I think adults would think the opposite...homemade = good, storebought = not so much.)  I'll take the compliment!

We decided to forgo birthday cake on the actual birthday and instead of creme filled chocolate cupcakes tonight with her friends!  I'm making them this morning.  Smelling yummy!

Oh, speaking of cinnamon rolls (a whole paragraph ago) that reminds me that I set up a NEW instagram account just for my blog @whatisonyourmenu.  
I'd been thinking about setting up a seperate account for a while now, but finally decided to do it just in case my instagram friends didn't really want to see pictures of cinnamon rolls and notifications when I post something new on the blog.  

Feel free to follow me!  I love Instagram.  I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  So much less annoying than Facebook.  Less notifications.  Less seeing what other people are "liking" and posting on other peoples pages.  Less ads.  Just simple, happy pictures.  

All to get going.  Have a great weekend!  And I'd love to hear what you actually ate this week, even if you're vacationing during spring break!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 317 Menu (Looking Back at Last Week)

Hi guys!  Last week was spring break for my kids. We spent most of the week at home doing soccer camp and hanging out together.  Pretty fun!

We started out the week with crepes for breakfast on Monday. Mmm...nothing like peanut butter and nutella for breakfast.

On Thursday we drove to Utah for a whirlwind trip. It was a fast trip, but fun to see lots of family.  We got to have lots of Easter fun too.  Hopefully my kids are sick of candy now.  :)
I had great intentions of posting my menu last Monday, but the week got away from me and here we are at the start of another week.  I thought I'd post what we actually ate last week.

Here goes:

Monday:  french dip sandwiches using leftover perfect pot roast

Tuesday:  breakfast burritos

Wednesday:  spaghetti, french bread, better than everything cake, salad

Thursday: chicken salad wraps while driving to Utah

Friday:  grilled hamburgers with lots of family, I made some teriyaki burgers that were yum!

Saturday: yummy carne asada or chicken tacos made by my sister-in-law

Sunday:  hmmm...did we have dinner?  We spent the day driving home to Washington and snacked a lot.  Remember my favorite road trip food post?  That's pretty much what we ate.

All righty... I'm off to tackle unpacking and cleaning out my car.  Ready for a full week of baseball, running, scouts, homework, birthday, etc.  This week's menu needs some serious planning so it's doable.  I'll be back tomorrow with it...hopefully!

How about you?  What did you eat last week?  Feel free to share even if you weren't home the whole week, like me.  ;)  You still ate, right?

Have a happy Monday!